Eight-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater recently held his inaugural Kelly Slater Foundation Benefit. The event raised over $350,000 for Surfrider’s Save Trestles campaign, Miocean, Surfers Healing, The Quiksilver Foundation, Pipeline to a Cure and several other charities.
The evening started with a live auction which included a staggering $46,000 bid for a round of golf with Kelly Slater and golf legend Fred Couples, followed by an intimate 90-minute solo performance from Eddie Vedder, who is well known for championing surf-related causes. The highlight of the evening came from a once in a lifetime musical collaboration by Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper and Kelly Slater performing Pearl Jam’s “Indifference,” with each artist trading vocals and playing acoustic guitar.
The exclusive event was held at the private estate of Marty and Stefanie Colombatto, located on the bluff overlooking the Cottons Point/Trestles surf break. The special evening garnered support from the surfing community as well as Hollywood celebrities. Notably in attendance were Sean Penn, Ben Harper, Laura Dern, activist Bobby Shriver and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosia as well as surf legends Taylor Knox, Peter Townend, Pat O’Connell, Lisa Andersen, Mike Parsons, Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight, Channel Islands Surfboards founder Al Merrick, and Burton founder Jake Carpenter.
The Kelly Slater Foundation is a non-profit corporation located in Los Angeles, CA. Founded last year by Eight Time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater, the foundation’s mission is to raise money to benefit social and environmentally conscious charities important to Kelly.